After a very long break the Golden Eagles took flight again on Sunday. The sun was shining and there was a little group of loyal supporters, spirits were high with six new Eagles in the squad. It wasn't long however before we realised that Basingstoke had some very good players who seemed to know each other well and we were finding it hard to make use of our possession. hard work and good marking in defence from the back line and some great keeping from Evelyn meant that there was no score at half time.
It was only about 5 minutes into the second half when a short corner was awarded and a strong strike hit the backboard almost before the defence could move. Despite sterling work in the midfield by Jacqui Barlow and Katie Smith and the versatile Wendy Rawlings, and tireless running by the forwards, particularly Sarah Dawson, the game continued in the same direction with the score eventually reaching 5-0. Tired legs were revitalised by a shower, Jan's tea and beer, a good after match discussion, and despite our loss an enjoyable afternoon.
Squad : Evelyn Hargraves, Susan McErlain, Deborah Evelyn, Becky Madden Waite, Gail Norbury, Wendy Rawlings, Jane Chilvers, Katie Smith, Caroline Baggs, Pam Selby, Sarah Dawson, Gil Middleton. Manager : Vicky Easton.